You return your empty drink container to a refund collection point. With refund collection points across Victoria, you can choose a location that is convenient for you.
You receive a 10-cent refund for every eligible container you return. You can choose to keep the funds or donate to a participating charity, community group, environmental group, educational organisation or sports group.
Your returned container is given a new lease on life. The material is recycled and remanufactured into a new product, saving it from landfill or littering the environment.
A Reverse Vending Machine is your high-tech option to return empty eligible containers for recycling. Simply insert your empty containers into the chute at the front of the machine. Containers will be scanned to ensure they are eligible for a refund.
When you’ve finished depositing the containers, the Reverse Vending Machine will issue the refund.
You have the choice of how to receive your refund, with options including a cash voucher, digitally to your bank/PayPal account, or as a donation to a charity, school, sports or community group.
Containers deposited at a container refund point will be sorted by material type and prepared for collection and transportation to a processing centre, where the materials are tightly compacted and prepared for recycling.
Containers are then sold via an online auction platform into domestic and export markets to an approved recycler where the material is recycled into new materials or back into beverage containers.
As part of the scheme, you can receive a refund for most aluminium, glass, plastic, steel and liquid paperboard beverage containers between 150ml and 3L.
The container refund scheme aims to reduce the amount of beverage container litter in the environment. Eligible containers are most commonly consumed away from home and make up most container litter in the environment.
Excluded containers are commonly consumed in the home and can still be recycled either through existing kerbside collection or drop-off services. A complete list of eligible containers can be found in the Container Deposit Scheme Regulations.
Any beverage container less than 150ml or more than 3L
Any size or material type of containers for:
Fruit or vegetable juice concentrate
Registered health tonics
Glass containers of any size for:
Containers over 1 litre in size for:
Pure fruit juice
Pure vegetable juice
Wine sachets of more than 250ml or less than 150ml